International Admission Process

Baylor is committed to admitting a boarding population that reflects international diversity, but we also want our international students to excel when they arrive, equipped for the classroom rigor and the social life of an American boarding school. Therefore, we look for students who exhibit English proficiency in all forms of communication.

International students are required to take the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT). Students may take as the test as often as they like, and Baylor will accept the highest score. We look for scores above 2150 with no single-digit percentiles.

International applicants who are not native English-speakers must also submit results from the Test on English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Baylor’s minimum TOEFL expectation continues to move upward. We now look for TOEFL scores above 90, and many of our enrolled students have scores above 100.

Because of this emphasis on language skills, Baylor requires a personal interview. The interviews can be conducted in person with an admission counselor if one is in your area or when the student visits Baylor for a campus tour. Baylor places high value on students who visit campus, since it gives a student a better idea about whether Baylor will be the right fit for them. For those students who cannot get to Chattanooga, however, Baylor offers interviews through InitialView, an independent interview service. Students will receive instructions on how to contact InitialView once they have completed and submitted their applications for admission.

We discourage Skype or any kind of electronic interviews since they do not present students in their best light. 

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Our Global Community

Our current international community consists of students from the Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Cayman Islands, China, Finland, Jamaica, Mexico, South Korea, South Africa, Spain, and Vietnam.

China Visits

Director of Admission and Enrollment, Jim Kennedy, will be visiting China in November 2016 to meet with prospective students and their families. He will be interviewing students in Shenzhen on November 9, Shanghai on November 11, and Beijing on November 13.

Mr. Kennedy will also host information sessions for students and parents on those same dates:

Shenzhen, November 9, 6:00 pm, Shangri-La Hotel Futian
Shanghai, November 11, 6:00 pm, Peninsula Hotel
Beijing November 13, 12:00 noon, Rosewood Hotel

Students wishing to schedule an interview must first submit a completed application for admission, student/parent questionnaire and a TOEFL score of 85 or higher.

Once these materials have been submitted, you can schedule an interview by emailing Carissa Margio at